Forget the Avengers for now: Black Widow might finally be getting her own movie, and there's no assembling required.
Marvel is reportedly taking steps toward making the standalone project starring Scarlett Johansson happen. Jac Schaeffer has been hired to write the script, Variety reports. Although the publication's sources say it is still very early in the development process, the move at least brings us closer to an actual film.
Johansson has been playing Black Widow since 2010's "Iron Man 2," and since then, she has appeared in six of the MCU's films, including the upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War." Fans have been eager to see a Black Widow-centric addition to the series, but it hasn't come to pass (or theaters) so far. It's not for lack of interest from Johansson; she has been clear about being willing to star in the film. The actress did caution Variety in 2016, though, that it would have to happen while she "still actually wanted to wear a skin-tight catsuit."
We're more optimistic now that Schaeffer has boarded the project. The writer penned the upcoming comedy film "Nasty Women," a "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" remake starring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, and Alex Sharp. Although Marvel has yet to comment, we hope her hiring means the studio is determined to give Black Widow her own adventure.
We'll see the superhero in "Avengers: Infinity War" when it opens May 4.